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April 2017

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Govt to distribute 38,000MT certified cotton seeds
Arrangements have been finalised to ensure supply of 100 percent certified cotton seeds to farmers during the current kharif (summer) season in order to achieve the maximum crop output, an official said.
Sunday, April-30-2017

Rs130b earmarked to purchase 4mmt wheat
The Punjab government will purchase 4 million metric tonnes of wheat from farmers across the province and Rs130 billion has been earmarked for the purpose. Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister MPA Rana Muhammad Arshad said while talking to media here the other day.
Sunday, April-30-2017

Journey of wheat, the beginning of new life
Punjab & Haryana expect a bumper wheat crop. Each man in the supply chain hopes for better days. The Tribune takes you there from where would come our chapatti soaked in the toil of labourers, farmers and others
Sunday, April-30-2017

Wheat valuing $258,000 exported in 9 months
About 885 metric tons of wheat valuing US$ 258,000, was exported during first 3 quarters of current financial year as compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year.
Saturday, April-29-2017

PM inaugurates wheat harvesting campaign in Okara
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday inaugurated wheat harvesting campaign at Shergarh area of Punjab this afternoon and addressed a large gathering on this occasion.
Saturday, April-29-2017

Govt sets target to purchase 40m tons wheat
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Minister for National Food Security Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Friday, discussed wheat procurement campaign, agricultural development and farmer prosperity programs across the country.
Saturday, April-29-2017

KCA seeks review in proposed tax on raw cotton import
The Karachi Cotton Association has appealed government to review reported proposal regarding levy of duty and taxes on import of raw cotton.
Saturday, April-29-2017

Climate-Smart Agriculture --From Tanzania to Vietnam
As part of efforts to move towards ?climate-smart? agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.
Saturday, April-29-2017

Delay in wheat harvesting rapped
The Punjab government has deliberately delayed wheat procurement by two weeks, said a farmer who came to wheat procurement centre for getting gunny bags.
Saturday, April-29-2017

Weather extremes, trade policies driver wheat prices
Price peaks of wheat on the world market are mainly caused by production shocks such as induced for example by droughts, researchers found.
Saturday, April-29-2017

KCA seeks review in proposed tax on raw cotton import
The Karachi Cotton Association has appealed government to review reported proposal regarding levy of duty and taxes on import of raw cotton.
Thursday, April-27-2017

Farmers in Rajanpur fight for chairs to get wheat seeds
The government food centre in Rajapur becomes a battleground as soon as the gates open for the farmers to collect wheat seed bags.
Thursday, April-27-2017

PMEX wheat futures contracts get SECP go-ahead
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved the listing of wheat futures contracts on Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited (PMEX) in an endeavor to augment the portfolio of agricultural commodities in domestic market, a statement said on Tuesday.
Thursday, April-27-2017

Wheat procurement campaign underway
In Punjab, the wheat procurement campaign is in progress to achieve this years procurement target of four million tons. A total of three hundred eighty two procurement centers are functional throughout the province, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.
Thursday, April-27-2017

Wheat crop over 150 acres burnt in 10 villages
Wheat crops lying in threshing floor in over 150 acres in over a dozen villages were reduced to ashes in more than 10 villages during the past few days.
Thursday, April-27-2017

Farmers forced to sell wheat at lower rates
Owing to the failure of the provincial government and non-cooperative attitude of Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation Limited (PASSCO) and Food Department the helpless growers are being forced to sell their produce at the throwaway price to powerful middle-men and flour millers.
Sunday, April-23-2017

Investment in agriculture going down, says Bosan
In a bid to improve the countrys socio-economic prosperity, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday called on provincial governments to increase investment in the agriculture sector.
Sunday, April-23-2017

Wheat Harvest: Lakki farmers turn to modern tools
It is for the first time that the farmers with good landholdings are using reaper machinery for harvesting the crop.
Sunday, April-23-2017

PCGA asks for ban on cotton import
Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) Senior Vice Chairman Suhail Mehmood Haral demanded on Wednesday that the government does not allow import of cotton till the disposal of current unsold stock.
Friday, April-21-2017

Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO.
Friday, April-21-2017

Record crop makes Cotton white gold in Indian Punjab
Cotton often termed by farmers as white gold for bringing higher remuneration is set to regain lost ground in Punjab where the area under the crop is expected to rise by more than 50 per cent after it fell to ever lowest 2.56 lakh hectares in the last year.
Friday, April-21-2017

Interest free loans being provided to small farmers: CM
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said a vast potential was available in agriculture, livestock and dairy farming sectors.
Friday, April-21-2017

Arrangements made for wheat procurement
PASSCO and District Administration have made all arrangements to start procurement of 7,75,000 bags of wheat (100 kg each) and in this connection nine token centres have been set up for the supply of empty sacks and 19 procurement centres in the district.
Wednesday, April-19-2017

150K MT Wheat procurement target: Blauchistan Gov
Balochistan government has set the target of purchasing fifteen hundred thousand metric ton wheat in the province this year.
Wednesday, April-19-2017

Wheat crop fire claims four kids lives
Four children were burnt to death after standing wheat crop caught fire here at Basti Arrain of Jhok Uttera on Tuesday.
Wednesday, April-19-2017

Russian agriculture sector flourishes amid sanctions
Agriculture has overtaken arms sales to become second-biggest export sector of Russia.
Wednesday, April-19-2017

Revitalizing Pak-Romania relations
PAKISTAN and Romania have historical relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1964. The two countries have longstanding cooperation in political, economic, cultural and scientific fields with bilateral trade valued at around $100 million per year. Romania is a middle sized European country.
Tuesday, April-18-2017

Climate Project to change fate of agri sector
Punjab Agriculture Secretary Muhammad Mahmood said on Saturday that Punjab government's Climate Project would provide climate smart technology (CST) to farmers and change the fate of the agriculture sector in the province
Tuesday, April-18-2017

Experts stress for climate smart agricultural approaches
A workshop on Enabling Institutions and Policies for Climate-Small Agriculture.
Tuesday, April-18-2017

Hidden cams installed at wheat procurement centres
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Allah Rakha Anjum said on Sunday that hidden cameras has been installed at wheat procurement centres to prevent irregularities.
Tuesday, April-18-2017

Cotton production rises 10%, 2017-18 target illusive
Cotton production for year 2016-17 ended with a total output rising by 10 percent to 10.7 million bales, said Cotton Ginners Forum.
Tuesday, April-18-2017

Farmers forced to sell wheat at low price
Owing to failure of the provincial government in commencing wheat procurement campaign, the helpless growers are being forced to sell their produce at throwaway price to powerful middle-men and flour millers.
Monday, April-17-2017

Balochistan to focus more on agriculture
ENCOURAGED by increased farm productivity but irked by water shortages, the Balochistan government is set to allocate more funds for irrigation and agriculture in the next fiscal year.
Monday, April-17-2017

Revisiting wheat production and export policy
Official forecasts reveal that a fourth consecutive bumper wheat crop is expected in 2016-17 with an estimated production of 26.1m metric tonnes over an area of 9.1m hectares.
Monday, April-17-2017

Scientists urged to introduce better cotton varieties
Division Commissioner Bilal Ahmad Butt on Saturday urged the agriculture scientists to introduce new cotton varieties for a better production.
Monday, April-17-2017

Gunny bags distribution for wheat purchase delayed
The food department has delayed gunny bags distribution among the growers for some days because harvesting is going on yet only on 10pc of the area in the district.
Sunday, April-16-2017

Slowdown continues on cotton market
Cotton trading remained lacklustre on Saturday amid lack of buying interest. The undertone remained steady but outlook uncertain.
Sunday, April-16-2017

Making agriculture work for Pakistan
For decades, formal and organised agriculture sector worked for Pakistan. I use the term organised and formal to differentiate it from subsistence agriculture.
Sunday, April-16-2017

Wheat storage
MEDIA reports indicate that a serious crisis is developing as far as procurement and storage of wheat is concerned.
Sunday, April-16-2017

Pakistan can become leading exporting nation in 5 years
Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said that a thriving agricultural sector could contribute towards a large share of exports and can help Pakisatn become a leading export oriented economy in five years.
Sunday, April-16-2017

APFMA reviews wheat production
(APFMA) on Friday held a meeting and reviewed wheat production across the country.
Saturday, April-15-2017

Pakistani officials complete 6 yr USDA programme
ISLAMABAD: Nearly 30 Pakistani government officials and agricultural industry representatives completed a six-year US Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored training programme at a ceremony in Islamabad.
Friday, April-14-2017

Wheat procurement drive from 20th
The Food Department will start wheat procurement drive in Faisalabad division from April 20. A spokesman of the Food Department said here Tuesday that all arrangements for launching wheat procurement drive were being finalized while issuance of Bardana to growers would be started from April 15.
Wednesday, April-12-2017

French wheat stocks forecast trimmed
PARIS: Farming agency France AgriMer on Wednesday cut its forecast for French soft wheat stocks at the end of the 2016/17 season, after revising downwards how much of the crop it expects to be marketed from last year's harvest.
Wednesday, April-12-2017

ZTBL hosts First Belarus-Pakistan Agriculture Forum
Zarai Taraqiait Bank Ltd. hosted First Belarus-Pakistan Agriculture Forum; a Business to Business Interactive Conference here on April 11th, 2017 at Marriott Islamabad.
Tuesday, April-11-2017

KP Governor for research-based agriculture education
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said here Tuesday that agriculture is the backbone of the economy and it is need of the hour to train students of agriculture by providing them modern and research-based education so that they can compete internationally.
Tuesday, April-11-2017

Pakistani officials complete six-year USDA programme
The goal is to strengthen Pakistan's ability to comply with international trade rules to increase its commodity exports and help the country prevent the importation of harmful plant diseases and pests.
Wednesday, April-05-2017

Move away from agriculture, Chinese economist advises
Pakistan has maintained a decent economic growth rate but it is still relatively poor, said professor Lin, while highlighting flaws of Pakistan's economic structure and the way forward for the economy of 200 million people.
Wednesday, April-05-2017

US-Pakistan cooperation boosts Agri Expo
The U.S. Pavilion highlights projects assisting Pakistani farmers to modernise the agriculture sector, strengthen value chains and improve market access while ensuring long term sustainability of agricultural production.
Wednesday, April-05-2017

Belarusian envoy emphasises trade ties
The envoy was visiting premises of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Tuesday where he stressed on comprehensive economic relations.
Wednesday, April-05-2017

Protect small farms to meet growing global food needs.
The world's food production will need to increase by 70 per cent by 2050, the study said, with the global population forecast to rise to 9.7 billion by then.
Wednesday, April-05-2017

Pakistan water resources abundant but poorly managed
The Pakistani economy may be turning the corner and approaching a sustainable rate of growth that has been attained by other Asian high-performing economies, the speakers also maintained.
Tuesday, April-04-2017

Govt provides investment-friendly environment for foreign investors
The government has restored peace in the country and Pakistan is taking bold steps to expand the scope of trade with other countries.
Tuesday, April-04-2017

Pakistan offers vast investment opportunities in diverse sectors
The President said Pakistan will welcome both technology and investment by France in hydel energy and dairy products.
Tuesday, April-04-2017

Irrigation system bears 60pc loss due to poor management
The report, prepared by Barki Institute of Public Policy Netsol, was launched at a local hotel here on Monday. Leading businessman Syed Babar Ali, Bangladesh's former minister Dr Iftikar Ahmed and other known personalities addressed the event.
Tuesday, April-04-2017

Punjab Agriculture Dept lifts ban on cultivation of cotton before April 15
Punjab Agriculture Department has immediately lifted ban on cultivation of cotton before 15th April in Cotton zone of the province.
Monday, April-03-2017

Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Population count of second block in first phase of census has started in sixty-three districts after completion of house listing.
Monday, April-03-2017

30 officials complete USDA sponsored training programme
The USDA, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested more than $4 million in this six-year distance learning project initiative to support the government of Pakistan's efforts to increase agricultural trade. The programme's goal is to strengthen Pakistan's ability to comply with international trade rules to increase Pakistan's commodity exports, and help Pakistan to prevent the importation of harmful plant diseases and pests.
Monday, April-03-2017

IDB has no fresh strategy for projects in Pakistan
The previous partnership strategy covering a four-year period ended in 2015, and the Jeddah-based Islamic bank has not yet finalised a fresh strategy, according to official sources.
Monday, April-03-2017

Solar power support initiatives on the cards
In Punjab, the provincial government is set to re-launch, with the help of some foreign fund providers, an old scheme to convert hundreds of thousands of conventional tube wells on solar power. The ongoing scheme of selling solar-powered tube wells at subsidised rates will also continue.
Monday, April-03-2017


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